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More of the same...(not necessarily a bad thing)
on 26 October 2010
Non "Country" critics may decry Taylor Swift; it may be that her lyrics rarely seem to stray from the stereotypical country topics, or if they do they are chiefly concerned with the latest boy who is giving her trouble; it may be that people feel her music is designed for and marketed to teenage girls; it maybe just the feeling that the modern day Nashville conveyer belt of Country music can't possibly be conducive to producing anything with heart or soul. Well, I don't know about that. All I know is that once again Taylor Swift has delivered a winning album.
It's true, mind you, that you would be hard pressed to find anything on Speak Now that couldn't have come from her previous album Fearless but as the old adage goes, if it isn't broke don't fix it. There's an extra heavy guitar edge applied to a couple of tracks but that's about it as far as "differences" go.
Yet whilst watching Swift in concert might still lead to despair - nothing to do with her excellent singing, but rather the melodramatic introductions to songs and the constant "boys can be bad" message - when her songs are listened to in isolation they can be genuinely affecting. I wouldn't say I was crying at any point but if it was the end of a depressing day and I was drowning my sorrows over a beer or two, it wouldn't be beyond the realms of possibility.
At her best Swift parlays genuine emotion into touching songs about love, and lost love. If you haven't "got" Taylor Swift before this point, Speak Now is not going to suddenly make you change you mind. If however, like me, you are not adverse to a slice of "modern country" and have found much to enjoy on Swift's previous efforts you will once again find much to enjoy here.